Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club


Update: Community Connect is now free for October... see Tashina Beckmann King’s post below!

Hello dance family!

I miss all dancing with everyone and hope you’re all doing well!

Tashina Beckmann King and Cameo McHenry have created a special platform called “Community Connect” that focuses on the social aspects of West Coast Swing that many of us miss the most! This is unlike any of the other platforms I’ve seen, since it allows people to move into and out of virtual tables in the ballroom with different topics, so you can choose how you spend your time connecting with others, dancing, playing games, learning, etc. Check out this sneak peak:

Community Connects are happening 2x/month starting Saturday 11-12:30pm (plus a bonus Halloween Connect).

GPSDC and Phoenix dancers can use this special link they created for us for 20% off to anyone who signs up for the Monthly or 3-Month “All-In” registration tier (valid until the first Connect this Saturday, the 3rd):

Here’s their Facebook live announcement of what we can expect.

I hope to see your beautiful faces (via we**am)! I miss your beautiful faces, smiles, and our fun dances!
Happy Happy Birthday Beautiful Fern! I hope you had a wonderful day. Next year we will PARTY!!!!! Love You XO
Here's a great weekend to visit historic Santa Fe, New Mexico! The Land of Enchantment can satisfy all your dancing, green chile, skiing, Spanish architecture, and Meow Wolf needs!!!
Friday January 24th, Blues & Swing Dance
Saturday January 25th, Swing Workshop & Dance: Rollin' in the Roarin' 20s
Discount for “GPSDC” Members
to all Carrie Lucas workshops!
Discount for GPSDC Members
For all Carrie Lucas workshops !
I need suggestions for good music/band/club to DANCE DANCE DANCE on my birthday Saturday, September 21st!
Any ideas?
Thank you!
This is the most fun FUNdraiser ever. When you donate to my page on the American Cancer Society's website, you get raffle tickets and a chance to win a huge array of dance related prizes. Check out the prize list and be prepared to be amazed!

You do not have to be present to win! We have had winners from CA, CO, TX, FL, MO, NH, CT, NC, VA etc.
Here's how it works: You make your donation, and then Dori Eden will PM you to see how you want her to spread out your raffle tickets.

We need to put an end to breast cancer! We need more treatments. Awareness about early detection is essential and American Cancer Society is doing wonderful things to help fight this disease! One in every 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. I never thought I'd hear those words, but I did. I am lucky that I caught it early and I am healthy now.

Dancers can make a difference!

Please make your donation here:

Robert Royston talked about this FUNdraiser last year. Check out what he had to say:
Today's featured West Coast Swing song is "H***Y TONK BLUES" a traditional rhythm & blues by award winning guitarist, Tim Stark. Royalty Free use for dancers making videos, just give song/artist credit. Find on Itunes, Spotify, Google, etc or preview here
The Pulaski Club Board members and Officers would like to invite you to our Annual membership drive and Veterans appreciation dance. We welcome you, your Group or Organization to join us at our club house for some laughter, dancing, friendship, a delicious meal and drinks.
FREE admission for Military Veterans, 1st Responders and Government employees. Club members are encouraged to attend the membership meeting starting at noon. The Polish kitchen will be open and serving a nice Polish meal, and the Bar serving some cold beer and drinks. Music provided by the Nickelcity express band from 2 to 5pm.
See you Sunday September 9th, festivities start at 1pm, let’s have some fun at Arizona’s only Polish Home, the Pulaski Club, we are located at 4331 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, Az. 85008 ,for more info: (602) 275-9329
Mesa High School (1630 East Southern Ave, Mesa 85204) is having their annual Swing Dance this Saturday, May 19 from 7pm - 9pm. The event is held in their lower level cafeteria. $5 payable at the door simply to help cover costs for custodial and security staffing. We would love to be able to share some music with you including many standards from the bands of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman.
Hey, fellow swing dancers. I would like to share a link that a fellow dancer, Julia Loving, shared with me and I think it is well worth the read and consideration. The article that needs to read is “Questions for a Lindy Hopper”. Thank and lets continue to grow, respect, and have fun.

We are Arizona's original West Coast Swing dance club. We host a dance class and social on Friday nights. We also offer a free concurrent Juniors dance program for kids 17 and under.

GPSDC is the host of the Phoenix 4th of July WCS convention. A Non-Profit Swing dance & social club providing a place to meet & socialize and share our love for West Coast Swing dancing

Operating as usual


REGISTRATION IS OPEN Take advantage of early bird pricing. #westcoastswing #phoenix4thofjuly #dancecompetitions #phoenix4thofjulyswing #Socialdancing #JuniorYASDA #AANCE #YASDA


Wonderful night of dancing with Lori Ross Blasingame. We haven't seen her for awhile and we had a crowd out to welcome her back. Thank you Lori.


Olivia is such a great teacher we want to see 3 of her.
Everyone come out February 11, Olivia will be teaching the basic lesson and beyone basics.
6:45 basics, 7:30 beyond basics.


Be sure to renew your membership before it expires 1-31-2022

Helping Our Dance Family Member, organized by Yu Sun 01/05/2022

Helping Our Dance Family Member, organized by Yu Sun

We are heartbroken to hear Caroline Monterubio Skaar has had this type of crash and injury. She had become one of our favorite instructors. Healing thoughts heading to you Caroline Monterubio Skaar.

Helping Our Dance Family Member, organized by Yu Sun Hello Dance Family, We need your help! Our dear friend and West Coast Swing Teacher Caro… Yu Sun needs your support for Helping Our Dance Family Member

Helping Our Dance Family Member, organized by Yu Sun 01/05/2022

Helping Our Dance Family Member, organized by Yu Sun

Helping Our Dance Family Member, organized by Yu Sun Hello Dance Family, We need your help! Our dear friend and West Coast Swing Teacher Caro… Yu Sun needs your support for Helping Our Dance Family Member


Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe New Year!
Happy 2022


This beautiful lady and beautiful dancer taught for us tonight. Everyone enjoyed the lesson and dancing with Caroline afterward. We are so happy you have a drivers license and a car now so you can come dance with us.


Looking for volunteer to help with our FB advertising. We are a nonprofit so no pay. But you would have the opportunity to come each Friday and learn to dance!! We will consider anyone over 16 years old. Do you like to make videos, take photos, be creative? A great opportunity for practice for those looking to go into the field in the future.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 12/13/2021

We want to take this opportunity to thank all the talented performers that entertained us at our annual Christmas Party. It was such a fun night. There was dancing between and after the Showcases. A special thank you to our DJ butch Viola and the MC Shawn Jessup.
More photos to come.

Photos from Jay Byron Photography's post 12/11/2021

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club Christmas Party 2021... More photos and videos by sunday...


We had such an amazing time last night at our Christmas Party🎄🎄Wonderful performances, delicious dinner, fantastic music, great prizes, but most of all, so many beautiful faces. Thank you all for making it a wonderful evening. It would be amazing to see all those faces every Friday.
And a BiG THANK YOU to all who helped in the planning, set-up, execution, and clean-up.

Meetup - We are what we do 12/06/2021

Meetup - We are what we do

Meetup - We are what we do Find Meetup events so you can do more of what matters to you. Or create your own group and meet people near you who share your interests.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day yesterday. Now come dance with Dayne Darden teaching tonight.


This will be a great night of social, food and a wonderful dance show. This is a thank you to those dancers that have supported us. To get early bird pricing go to our website and secure your seats;


Mike Carringer teaching tonight!!


Michael Carringer is coming back to Phoenix! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of our own. He’ll be teaching a syncopations class working on clean footwork and timing variations for the intermediate lesson. He’ll have something fun for the beginners as well.

West Coast Swing Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) 09/30/2021

West Coast Swing Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)

Start October out right. Join us at Fatcat Ballroom. Tina French is teaching. No Partner necessary and Juniors welcome. You may stay with your own partner if you prefer.

West Coast Swing Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) We are a group of West Coast Swing dancers that love to dance, make new friends, learn new moves and update old ones. You will always feel welcome with this group. Bring a dance partner or not, all sk


Wonderful lesson with Olivia Burnsed and Dayne Darden. Explanations were fantastic. Everyone had fun.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 09/21/2021

We've had a sad week for the dance world. Last week we lost Arlie Kuykendall

In the dance world many cross our paths. Once in awhile we are left with a lasting imprint on our heart. For those whose dance experience was touched by Arlie, you understand his dance legacy. Even though his health prevented him from enjoying his passion, he never let his passion for dance die. You are missed. RIP

This afternoon, surrounded by so much love, Don passed away while listening to some of his favorite dance music. I want to thank all of you for reaching out to him with your heartfelt messages, texts, flowers and more. You made him very happy... At one point a couple of days ago, he looked up and said "There's a lot of love in this room" and he was right... Please understand if I am unable to write more at this heart is very, very broken. I will be letting everyone know of future memorial plans.

Rest in Gods arms my brave and sweet friend...till we dance again.

Jeannie (For Don Bennett)


Olivia and Dayne taught a great class tonight. If you’re ready to get back out dancing rejoin us at Fatcat on Fridays. We miss all of you. And we love newbies too! Had a few of those tonight. Grab your friends and join us next Friday evening!

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 09/09/2021

‼️Tomorrow night‼️
Make your plans now! Bring yourself, bring your family, or just bring your kids. We offer classes for everyone. No partner necessary. See you there.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their phone number. 08/31/2021

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their phone number.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their phone number.

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Thank you to all the workers building America. Factories, mines, ironworkers, assembly lines, construction, and many more.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 08/22/2021

Looking for a great family activity? Maybe a date night? Why not try swing dancing. Join us at Fatcat Ballroom in N. Phoenix on Friday nights. We have kids and adult classes and then we all join together for a time of dancing, practicing what we learned.
Classes begin at 6:45.
We offer individual and family memberships too!
Fatcat Ballroom 3131 E Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix


Check out our Beginner class tonight! Full of newbies!!! Come join us on Friday nights, 6:45, at Fatcat Ballroom in N. Phoenix.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their information in their About section. 08/17/2021

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their information in their About section.

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club updated their information in their About section.

Photos from Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club's post 07/29/2021

We would like to thank Butch Viola for his years of service to the GPSDC as Music Director

Butch has been a member of the club for many years, and was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2019 for his exemplary service to the GPSDC. Butch became our music director 6 years ago. Since then we have been able to enjoy the tunes he has provided for our dancing pleasure. As music director he has been at the GPSDC dances every week with his own equipment to DJ and oversee the other DJs.
Butch has also set up the sound system at the Phoenix 4th of July and other conventions.

Butch has chosen to step down for a while, and we want to thank him for his service and loyalty to the club. We will miss him and hope he will come back from time to time to DJ for us again.


The winners and runners up of the 2-Step competition going on to represent The Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club at the Arizona Dance Classic in August. Congrats to all!!
Winners(on the left): Stuart Simon and Debbie Kruger
Runners up(center): Raymond Longoria and Lorena Jimenez


The Ben Morrris workshop weekend was great and the photos show it. Here's a happy winner of a private lesson with Ben Morris, Becky Tomczak. This was sponsored by the GPSDC club.


Our 2021-2022 Board
Tina French-President
Jan Sandlin-Treasurer
Carol Miller-Sergeant at Arms
Penny Peterson-Membership
Jim Hopson-Vice President

We still need to fill our Secretary and Hospitality positions, so if you are interested please let us know. Look at these lovely faces! Don’t you want to work along side us?
We also would love volunteers to help with our weekly E-Blast, Web page, PR. Do you have these skills or are willing to learn them? It is great experience and will help the club that gives generously for all of you.

Looking forward to great things this year.


Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club

Phoenix's original West Coast Swing dance club. It began in 1981. First 4 Fridays a month, come dance with us at Fatcat Ballroom. 3131 E Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ. No need for a dance partner, we rotate during lessons. If you aren’t a member you are welcome as a guest.

The 5th month is reserved for Mona Brandt’s Country night.

Dance & class $7 members $10 non members. The Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club is host of one of the first swing conventions, Phoenix 4th of July Swing Dance convention, is now planning it’s 39th year. Held at J W Marriott Camelback Inn. We just finished our 38th year and had such a blast with all that attended. The dates for this year will be July 1 - 5, 2020.

Videos (show all)

First dance of 2020!!!
Butch Viola and Vanessa at our Holiday party.
Practice over & over #PhoenixWesties #gpsdc1 #lovedance
Olivia and Robert after teaching a great class. #thanks #westcoastswing#lovedancing #phoenixwesties
Learning good tips!





3131 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ

General information

Weekly dances on Fridays at FatCat Ballroom. 3131 E Thunderbird Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032 Great place to make new friends and dance west coast swing!

Opening Hours

6:45pm - 11pm

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